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    November 3, 2012
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legislation that's unrelated to the economy and jobs. from day one, i'm going to go to work to help americans get back to work. people across the country, by the way, are responding to our five-part plan. you've seen it, you know what it is. part one is about taking advantage of our energy resources. [ cheers and applause ] from the very first day, i'm going to act to increase the number of leases and permits to drill on federal lands and federal waters. [ cheers and applause ] i'm going to speed the approval of that keystone pipeline from canada. [ cheers and applause ] and i'm going to take a very, very close look at the coal regulations that were designed by this administration to strangle the industry. we need coal. we need oil. we need gas. we need renewables. we need all these sources of
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energy! [ cheers and applause ] because on day one, we're going to be one day closer to energy independence and we're going to have it in eight years. north american will be independent. [ cheers and applause ] number two, i'm gog move to boost trade, particularly with latin america and ask congress for trade promotion authority. by the way, that's a power every president has had or requested since it was put in place in 1974. with the exception of president obama. and i will finally designate china as a currency manipulator because it's time for trade to work for america! [ cheers and applause ] third on day one, i'm going to send to congress the retraining reform act to make sure that every worker who feels left behind in this economy can get the skills and the chance they need to succeed and number four, i'm going to move to tackle out of control spending. i will send to congress the first of several fundamental reforms. this first one will be the down
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payment on fiscal sanity act. [ laughter ] that's going to do something unusual. we're not just going to slow the rate of growth of government. we're actually going to cut government by 5% from day one! [ cheers and applause ] i'm not just going to take office on january 20. i'm going to take responsibility for that office as well. [ cheers and applause ] number five, i'm going to act to boost small business and all business. i'm going to issue executive orders aimed straight at the problems holing back this economy. the first is going to grant waivers to every state from obamacare to begin with. [ cheers and applause ] and the second is going to launch a sweeping review of all
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the obama era regulations with an eye of eliminating or repairing those that are killing jobs! [ cheers and applause ] by the way, every entrepreneur, every small business person, every job creator will know that for the first time in four years, the president and the government of the united states likes them and loves the jobs and higher wages they bring. [ cheers and applause ] we've almost forgotten what a real recovery looks like. what americans could achieve when we limit government they have limiting the dreams of our fellow americans. [ cheers and applause ] and the people of america, they're going to be able to choose the future because they need -- they know what they need to know, to know what the future will look like. they can stay on the path of the
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last four years or they can choose real change. now, you know that if the president were to be reelected, he would still be unable to work with members of congress. he's ignored them. he's attacked them. he's blamed them. and of course, the debt ceiling is going to come up again and then there will be a threat of shut down or default and that, of course, chills the economy, puts more people out of work. the president was right when he said he can't change washington from the inside. you can take him at his word, that's why we're going to send him outside. all right? [ cheers and applause ] now, when i'm elected, i'm going to work with republicans and democrats in congress. i'm going to meet regularly with their leaders. i'm going to endeavor to find those good men and good women on both sides of the aisle who care more about the country than they do about politics.
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[ cheers and applause ] and together we're going to put the nation back on track to a balanced budget and to reform our tax code and to finally reaffirm our commitment to financial responsibility. [ cheers and applause ] now, you know if the president were to be reelected, he would continue his war on coal and oil and natural gas. he'd send billions more dollars to his favorite friends in the solar and wind world and all of this means higher gasoline prices and fewer jobs. today gasoline costs twice what it did when president obama took office. when i'm elected, we're going to change course on energy entirely. i know just how much energy means to middle class families in this country. we can help hold down prices at the pump and grow new energy jobs and manufacturing jobs with my policies. by the way, if the president were to be reelected, he's going to continue to promote government and demote businesses.
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you know, he put together his own jobs council. did you know that? business leaders he brought from all over the country. and they were people he picked. you know it's been nine months since he's even been willing to meet with his own jobs council. now, you see, i see three enterprises -- free enterprise as a means for people to fulfill their dreams. yesterday i met with a woman named rhoda elliott in virginia. she's been running her family restaurants, bill's barbecue, for years. a business that's been in her family for 82 years. and she employed 200 people at its high point. she just closed it down. she told me that the regulations, the taxes, the cost of obamacare, the obama era economy put her out of business. she teared up as she was telling me her story. wasn't about the money. this was about the future for her family and for her family of employees. i want to help the hundreds of
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thousands of dreamers like rhoda and i will. [ cheers and applause ] you know, if the president were to get elected, he's going to say every good thing he can about education. but in the final analysis, what he's going to do is what his largest campaign supporters insist upon and that's the public sector unions. your kids would have the same schools and the same results. when i'm president, i'll be the voice of the children and their parents because there is no union for the pta. [ cheers and applause ] i'm going to make sure that the parents get the information they need about how their school is doing and whether it's failing or succeeding and they get the choice they need to pick the school where their child has the best chance for success.
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[ cheers and applause ] now, all across america, people have watched as our campaign has gathered the strength of a movement. it's not only the size of crowds like this. [ cheers and applause ] i think it's also the depth of our conviction, our readiness for new possibilities, the sense that our work is going to soon begin. made me strive more to be worthy of your support, to campaign as i would govern, to speak for the aspirations of all americans. i learned as governor of my state of massachusetts that the best achievements are shared achievements. i learned that respect and goodwill go a long way and are usually returned in kind. that's how i'll conduct myself as president. i'll reach out to both sides of the aisle. i'll bring people together doing big things for the common good.
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i won't represent one party. i'll represent one nation. [ cheers and applause ] i'll try to show the best of america at a time when only our best will do. throughout this campaign, president obama has tried to convince you that these last four years have been a success. he's floating a plan for the next four years. he wants to take all the things he did in his first term, the stimulus, the borrowing, obamacare, all the rest, and then try them all over again. (booing) but big dreams that we have are not going to be satisfied with a small agenda that's already failed us. and so today president obama did something else. i guess it was yesterday actually. you probably heard about this. he asked his supporters to vote
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for revenge. (booing) i ask the american people to vote for love of country. [ cheers and applause ] (usa! usa! usa! ) we've got to lead america to a better place. now we're three days away from a fresh start. three days away from the first day of a new beginning. my conviction that better days are ahead is not based on promises or hollow rhetoric, but on solid plans and proven results and based on unshakeable belief in the faith of the american spirit. if there is anyone worried the last four years are the best we can do, if there is anyone who fears that the american dream is
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fading away, if there is anyone who wonders whether better jobs and better paychecks are simply things of the past, i have a clear and unequivocal message. with the right leadership, america is going to come roaring back. [ cheers and applause ] we're americans. we can do anything! [ cheers and applause ] the only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we've ever seen is lack of leadership. that's why we have elections. this tuesday is a moment to look into the future and imagine what we can do to put the past four years behind us and start building a new future. you saw the differences, by the way, when president obama and i were side by side in the debates. [ laughter ] he said it has to be this way. i say it can't stay this way.
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he's offering excuses. i've got a plan. i can't wait to get started. he's hoping we'll settle. but americans don't settle. we build. we aspire. we listen to the voice that says we can do better, a better life, a better life for our kids a bigger country, a better country! look, there is a better life out there for us. it's waiting for us. our destiny is in the hands of the american, in your hands. three more days. three more days and we can get to work rebuilding our country. three more days and our confidence becomes restored and our conviction is even stronger. confidence that we're on a solid path to steady improvement, confidence that college graduates coming out of school four years from now will be able to get good jobs. confidence that the single moms working two jobs will have a shot at a much better job. on november 6, tuesday, we come together for a better future and
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on november 7, we're going to go to work. [ cheers and applause ] now, i need you to reach across the street to your neighbor, with the other guy's yard sign in his front yard and i got to reach across the aisle in washington to people in good faith and the other party. it's much more than our moment. it's america's moment of renewal and purpose and optimism. we journeyed far and wide in this campaign for america's future. now we're almost home. one final push, we're going to be there. many long days, short nights. we're that close right now. the door to a brighter future is there. it's open for us. it's waiting for us. i need your help. i need your work. i need your phone calls. i need your vote. walk with me. we can get this done together. let's come together, america! [ cheers and applause ]
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let's get america strong again! let's make sure we remain the hope evident earth! thank you so very much. you guys are fabulous! thank you! [ cheers and applause ] >> governor mitt romney trying to seal the deal with voters and the important state of colorado asking them if they want more of the same or if they want real change. glad you're with us. i'm rick folbaum. >> heather: i'm arthel neville. welcome it a brand-new now inside america's election headquarters. we are awaiting the start of president obama's star studded event in the key swing state of iowa. kate walsh and singer john mellencamp both making an appearance. >> let's go back to colorado springs and chief political correspondent carl cameron traveling with the romney camp. this is now a sprint to the finish line, isn't it? what can learn about the final campaign steps? >> well, he's going to a number of battle ground states where the polls are incredibly tight. we are now 73 hours and 45
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minutes from the polls closing on the east coast. and mitt romney is racing around the battle ground states. we've been o iowa -- to iowa today. this event in colorado, then we'll fly to des moines and continue the sprint across country with visits in ohio and virginia, new hampshire, florida, all jammed up right straight through until monday night when he arrives back in the granite state of new hampshire, home of the first primary where his race began. we heard new rhetoric a moment ago. talking about how he's going to restore confidence, confidence in the economy, confidence in the country's future, confidence in america's reputation around the world. confidence in american government. an attempt by mr. romney to say that not only is he ready to run the country, but he's ready to run it in a way with a bipartisan hand, something he's been talking about for the last couple of weeks. as all candidates tend to do despite all the partisanship,
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looking for swing voters. mr. romney recognizes that it is very, very close in ohio and new hampshire, the polls all indicate it's quite close. romney's senior advisors acknowledge that as he said today, just a moment ago, the door is open and it's going to take a lot more work to walk through it to victory. for that, he needs people to rally and get out the vote, which is always what the final 72 hours is all about. >> in these time hours action the candidate and his staff working really around the clock. it's nonstop, one event to the next to the next. what is the mood like with the staff, with the candidates' family? what's it like on the trail with them? >> reporters and candidates in campaigns always have a natural friction. but there is something of a disaster mentality that tends to take hold when you're almost going around the clock at this sort of high pitch, high pace. today ann romney came back and shared with reporters a birthday cupcakes for the birthday of one
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of the romney staffers. and that's just a little idea of their attempts to even court the president n so many cases have been dogging mr. and mrs. romney during the course of this campaign. and you get into a point where people start getting giddy. and mr. romney has been a little giddy. i was told a story about how in the front of the plane we and his family and the senior staff sit, whenever anybody would go into the lavatory and lock the door, romney would go and bang on the door furiously trying to just mess with them. which gives you an idea that there is some bit of light heartedness even in the intense competition that is this 2012 presidential campaign in its final moments. we'll send it back to you in new york. >> carl cameron, soon to hit the road again, thanks so much. >> president obama barn storming across key battle ground states. right now he's getting set to make remarks at an event in dubuque, iowa, with the hours ticking down until election day, the president is looking for another victory in a state that backed him four years ago.
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ed henry is live on the bus in dubuque. so you heard that they're getting giddy in the romney camp. any levity in the obama camp now? >> they feel very strong here. they think the president will be here in iowa in a few moments. remember, as you noted, this is where it all started for him in 2008. in fact, his final rally monday night, late in the evening before he goes home to chicago to get ready for the returns will be right here in iowa. it's where it all starred for him. they think that kind of grassroots on the ground support is what's going to help him. remember, iowa only has six electoral votes. yet you have the president of the united states coming in here on this final weekend. mitt romney, the republican nominee, was here this morning. a lot of high profile, high powered contact with the nominees themselves here in dubuque a small area. gives you an idea of how intensively they're fighting for every single electoral vote. what the president is doing on the stump, he was just in milwaukee. slightly bigger battle ground, one democrats hoped they had locked down.
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he's playing defense there because mitt romney is making a strong charge there with paul ryan from wisconsin on the ticket. the president is trying to do in his stump speech is say wait, don't let mitt romney steal the mantle of change that he had in 2008. he's trying to seize it back and say that mitt romney has got failed policies of the past. take a listen. >> in other words, wisconsin they're betting on cynicism. they figure they can outlast you. they figure you know what? these guys maybe get enthusiastic, but over time, that enthusiasm fades away and we're still here. but wisconsin, see, my bet is on you. [ cheers and applause ] my bet is on the goodness and decency of the american people. >> now, obama campaign officials told us they've reached an incredible milestone. they said they've had 125 million contacts with voters. these are over the phone, in person, door to door.
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they say that's more than double what the republicans have boasted. so they think what that translates to next tuesday would be really getting on the ground in states like iowa here and getting out their vote. one side will get their vote out. the other is not. we'll see who it is with three days away. >> we're watching. stick with fox news on election night. complete coverage begins here on fox news channel at 6:00 p.m. eastern tuesday with bret baier and megyn kelly. you can also catch shepard smith beginning at 7:00 p.m. eastern on the fox network. >> you can watch me along with harris faulkner and jonathan hunt starting at 8:00 p.m. on fox news.com live. we'll be right back.
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of. >> rick: governor romney seizing on something that the president said on the campaign trail in ohio. take a listen. >> at the time the republican congress and senate candidate by the name of mitt romney -- no, no, no. (booing). >> don't boo. vote. vote. voting is the best readvantage. >> yesterday the president said something you may have heard by now that i think surprised a lot of people, speaking to an audience he said voting is the best revenge. he told his supporters, voting
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for revenge. vote for revenge? let me tell what you i'd like to tell you, vote for love of country. [ cheers and applause ] >> rick: let's bring in our panel, jehmu green, fox news contributor. tre harden, and former republican campaign manager and aide to the gop house leadership. glad you're both with us. jehmu, this was supposed to be the post partisan president. this was the president who was going to unite the country and bring people together. what kind of a get out the vote message is telling people to go out and vote for revenge? how does that bring people together? >> well, rick, actually you're right on point because it is a get out the vote message, now, was this the most presidential thing that president obama could have said? absolutely not. but are we giving out an award for the least presidential
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things? i think if we were, it would probably go to governor remain knee. but that's not what we're doing here, thank goodness. who can forget when romney said who let the dogs out in 2008? i think i'm not going to miss as we finally close out this election is the nitpicking of all of these statements that are made. but it is get out the vote. it is rallying the base. but more importantly in the last few days, president obama has made his case. he has closed out this campaign, fighting for the same thing he has always fought for. >> rick: i know. before we get to -- jehmu. you know i love you. before we got to the talking points, let me just go to tre for a moment of i think if nothing else, this comment has given governor romney quite an opening to go out there and to appear to be above the fray himself, to talk about patriotism and going out and voting for love of country. not for something like revenge. >> rick, i think it's an odd comment. but i also think it's a sign of weakness and where the president
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views this race right now. you know, worked on a number of campaigns and typically an incumbent on the get out the vote effort is usually touting their record, yet this president is sending out a battle cry as if he's the challenger or the victim of some sort. you know, winning campaigns peak at the right time. and the voter enthusiasm numbers right now show that the romney campaign is peaking at the right time. i think the president sees an election slipping away and when candidates see an election slipping away, they begin to throw darts. i think that's what he's doing here. >> rick: jehmu, we heard from governor romney in colorado springs and we're going to hear from both candidates over the next 72 hours leading up to tuesday. but governor romney seems to really be taking this opportunity in these last stump speeches to talk about the greatness of the country, to talk about a positive message going forward, getting to work on day one. then you hear the president talking about revenge. i wonder if it was a poor choice of words, maybe not the most presidential thing to say as you said, or whether this is really
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more like a problem with the messaging in these last couple of days before the election. >> look, i think governor romney has done an incredible job to move so far away from where he's been for the last two years of this campaign. he is trying desperately to become a moderate when he ran so far to the right just to win the primary. now, i, as someone who worked on campaigns, i think that he probably made that shift a little bit too late, so that's why he's desperately trying to talk to independent voters, to talk to women in particular and say, hey, i'm acceptable. but he's probably run out of time and this campaign is going to come down to who voters trust. so as you see one candidate shifting himself like a shift shaker or a traveling salesman in a sense, that's not going to help him on election day. what president obama is doing, he is rallying the base. this is all about turnout right
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now. we're in the last few hours of early voting and that is what he was doing. was it an inarticulate rallying cry? probably. what's more important? protecting the middle class. >> rick: trey, go ahead. >> i don't think the american people trust the type of people that use divisive and radioactive language as we've seen from this president, his campaign aides and many of his surrogates. i mean, there is a michael moore ad using profanity. you haven't seen the president ask that ad to go off the air. it's simple. when you have a record, you run on it. and negative campaigning, sure. does it happen, is it part of politics? yes, it is. but you also have to balance that out with a positive message for that to be effective. it's simply the obama campaign simply lacks that right now. >> rick: few seconds left. i want to get this from both of you. we're about to do a segment with judge janine pirro on possible legal maneuverings if this is close. will we know, jehmu, at
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thend of the tuesday night who our next president will be? >> i sure hope so. i'm going to be up late with everyone on election night. i think with how many people have turned out for early voting, with how many absentee ballots that have gone in, i think that we are going to know earlier than we did clearly in 2000. even perhaps than we did in 2004 when kerry and bush also took it down to the wire. >> rick: trey -- >> in weather it comes down to voting regulates, the problem we have is that there is a lot of voter intimidation that conservatives have been preparing for -- >> rick: real quick, will we know the winner on tuesday night? >> i think that there is a good chance that we won't. i think we're seeing numbers that are similar to 2000. so wouldn't surprise me if we won't know it until sometime wednesday, late morning. >> rick: thank you both. appreciate your time. we'll be checking back real soon. >> you got it.
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>> arthel: new concerns about possible voter registration fraud in the critical battle ground state of ho o. allegations that workers for a firm hire to do register voters may have forged signatures. it's the same allegation that acorn faced in the 2008 presidential election. eric shawn has details.
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this is serious stuff. what sparked this investigation? >> yeah. it really is. the name, adolph hitler. that's right. adolph hitler. that's listed on an ohio voter registration card that was submitted, one of 200 sent to the election board. that's in cincinnati. officials there have been investigating and believed about half of those names were fraudulent, frauds or duplicates. the names that were submitted on those cards that they believe were fraudulent and had problems with them were submitted by a washington, d.c. company called field works. they do canvassing across the country. they say they mostly work with progressive causes and democrats. the chairman of the republican party, a member of the election board there, says voter registration fraud hurts our electoral process. >> what we've seen here should concern every citizen. we have someone doctoring registrations and you have the next step, that would be a serious move toward fraudulent voting. so we're worried about it.
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>> the case has been referred to local prosecutors. >> arthel: if you register a name like adolph hitler, it's almost like it's a joke, you're expecting it to be caught. what are the field workers saying about this? >> they condemn this, too. they, in fact, say they brought the adolph hitler to the election boards and say they do not tolerate any fraud. we talked to chris gallowway and say they take extreme measures to make sure its employees hand in correct information. here is part of the statement he gave. we feel it's our job to do due diligence. we have a high standard here. if we are not 100% sure of the card, we will flag it to the board of elections. one worker we talked to is sheryl n cincinnati. she told us that she didn't do anything wrong. in fact, she blamed the people she signed up. >> came back on me and i just didn't like that.
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i'm real honest and stuff like that. it made me feel like i wasn't, like they couldn't trust me and stuff like that. that's why they had to let me go. >> officials say three other former field works workers are being investigated in cleveland last month, another one pled not guilty to 22 felony counts of voter registration fraud. that plea, not guilty by reason of insanity. arthel? >> arthel: i just rolled my eyes in the studio. really? come on. voter fraud on any part, doesn't matter who is doing it, it's unacceptable. it messes messes with our democc process. thank you very much. >> rick: with the race neck in neck in the final days before election day, we may not have a clear winner on november 6. some analysts are comparing this election to the contests in 2000 and 2004. i don't even want to mention the words, hanging chads. right now both campaigns are getting set for any possible
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legal challenges. what can we expect? joining us is judge jeanine pirro. it's not enough to hire consultants. you got to lawyer up. >> these lawyers are poised and ready to jump. they are really, they're going to be at some of the election places. they're going to be ready to argue, especially in those battle ground states like florida and ohio. i think the interesting point is that americans may not know who their president is the day after tuesday. it may take a long time to get the absentee ballots, the provisional ballots, the overseas ballots. and the real issue, i think will probably come down to one of those states that is really in play with the electoral college, ohio and florida. >> rick: you mentioned provisional ballots. these are ballots that people will be allowed to submit on tuesday, but there is some kind of a question about whether or not these folks are eligible to vote. so that's why they're called provisional. then they have to prove their eligibility and that could take
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a little while. >> that's exactly right. the information that is on that -- regarding that person's voting has to be verified by local election officials. what that means is that the person's vote is called into question because maybe they showed up at the wrong precinct or maybe they didn't have proper i.d. or maybe a poll watcher said something is going on. i can tell you, whether it's mickey mouse going in and voting under the name of someone who died 30 days ago. >> rick: or adolph hitler. >> it doesn't matter. there is a lot where you go back to local election officials and you verify the information. make no mistake, this election is so close that now we've got these lawyers ready on both sides and they are teed up to make sure that this thing is accurate and i think it's not going to be clear who the president is the next day. >> rick: if you look at the polling, i mean, these races in ohio and in florida are so
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close, that we could conceivably see a margin of victory with the first count that is sort of smaller than the number of outstanding provisional ballots that are out there that need to be counted. >> that's exactly right. let's assume that it comes down to one state. you've got to make sure they call it the margin of litigation for the lawyers, where the outstanding or provisional ballots at both is greater than the margin between obama and romney. so we can look at it and say, this is a state that we can't call yet because of provisional votes are bigger than -- what separates of two of them. >> rick: so much is at stake. so much is on the line that if there is any question, you know we're going to see legal challenges and if 2000 is an example that we can look at, this could go to the supreme court again. is that possible? >> gee, you think? it's happened before. this election is so close. that's why it's so important for everyone to get out and vote. and with the lawyers making sure
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that no mistakes are made, i think that we've got to make sure that people try, especially when you look at new york and new jersey now, where are people going to vote? people who have no power, maybe a polling place, a voting place, has been moved. there is going to be a lot of issues. but the key is, in those swing states, probably florida and ohio and making sure that what we've got are issues that are legitimate issues for which there can be no playing around as we just talked about in ohio. >> rick: if you look at the supreme court, though, and this is a court that was involved in a controversial decision with the health care law just a few months ago, john roberts wasn't on the court in 2000. but i'm sure he'd like to try to avoid having to get involved in any kind of a battle over this election. how does it go? what's the vote if this ends up going to the supreme court? >> that is a fantastic question. and i really think that with health care, the supreme court
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justices were concerned about being labeled as political. they knew there was a campaign coming that was going to trash them and say these supreme court justices are political. it should be very interesting if it does go to the supreme court. i think that the justices -- i don't think they're going to buckle to public pressure if it comes before them this time. >> rick: they didn't last time of the i don't know why anybody would think they would this time. justice with judge jeanine, on 9:00 p.m. eastern time tonight right here on fox news channel. a great show. a great pleasure to talk to you. thanks for doing this. >> my pleasure. >> arthel: very good. right now we want you take to you debuick, iowa. president obama is making his closing arguments to voters there. let's listen in. >> feels good. can everybody please give sandy a big round of applause? [ applause ] give sandy's son a big round of applause for serving our
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country. [ cheering ] give it up for john mellencamp. [ cheers and applause ] it's wonderful to be here. for the last several days all of us have been focused on one of the worst storms in our lifetime that's been happening on the east coast. i know i speak for the country when i say our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones, people whose lives have been upended. folks here in iowa know something about flooding. you remember what happened just a few years ago. recovery process is tough. but when i visited new jersey, i told folks there that everybody all across the country feels the same way. we are going to be with people every step of the way down the long hard road of recovery. we're going to help them rebuild. we're going to do it together. that's what americans do. [ cheers and applause ] in fact, in the middle of the
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tragedy, we were also inspired by heros running into buildings wading through water. our first responders, our police officers, our firefighters, ems teams, neighbors helping neighbors cope with tragedy, leaders of different parties work together to fix what's broken. a spirit that says no matter how bad a storm is, no matter how tough times may get, we always bounce back. we're all in this together. we rise or fall as one nation. that's what we believe and that spirit has guided this country along its improbable journey for two sentries now. it's carried us through the last four years. remember in 2008 we were in the middle of two wars and the worst economic crisis since the great depression. today our businesses have created nearly 5 1/2 million new
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jobs. the american auto industry is back on top. home values are on the rise. we're less dependent on foreign oil than any time in the last 20 years because the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, the war in iraq is over, the war in afghanistan is winding down. al-qaeda is on the run. osama bin laden is dead. [ cheers and applause ] so we have made real progress these past four years. we're here this evening because we know we've got more work to do. as long as there is a single american who wants a job and can't find one, our job is not done. as long as there are families working harder but falling behind, we've got more work to do. as long as there is a child anywhere in iowa, anywhere in this country whose languishing
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in poverty or barred from opportunity, our fight goes on. our fight goes on because we know this country cannot succeed without a growing, thriving middle class and strong sturdy ladders for everybody who united states of america. >> arthel: president obama perhaps speak a double intender, a hurricane sandy saying no matter how bad the storm is, we are always bounce back, we're in this together. you can watch more of his speech on foxnews.com, we're streaming live. as you saw president obama and governor romney, they're sharpening their focus in these final days before the election. the candidates rift through
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packed schedules today, urging supporters in key battle ground states to get out and vote. with time running out, what more can they do to secure a win on tuesday? susan esdridge is a professor of law and political science at usc and fox news contributor. good to see you. >> good to see you, art. >> arthel: so they're giving the closing arguments. are these closing arguments really important, susan? too they resonate with that undecided voter? >> well, the funny part is by now what's really important is getting your vote out. in a funny way, all these rallies, actually or problem, if you were on the ground, as i've been many times trying to get that vote out, having to build a rally, it's sort of a distraction. so ultimately what the candidates need to do, they're doing this to chin up the base, generate excitement so their supporters will feel like yes, yes, we can do it. but basically at the very end what the candidates have to do,
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art issues is just get out of the way so the ground game can play its way up. >> arthel: do you think they should tailor those messages to those individual states? >> well, they're hop scotching because every time you land in a state, you get some local news coverage. usually what you do in these last days is you get on the airplane and you go and lab in as many places as you can. you touch done, you do a quick ehave not, you get some local coverage, you hope to generate some excitement among your supporters, and then you make it to the next state. do i think what they're saying today is intended to persuade undecided voters? well, it would be nice if it did. but i think right now the real focus is communicating to your supporters, encouraging them, enlisting them, and making sure that every one much those folks gets out and votes. and frankly to disagree with judge jeanine, i don't think
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this is going to go to the supreme court. i don't even think it's going to go into wednesday. >> arthel: okay. you heard it here. susan's prediction it will be a final vote come tuesday night. let me ask you this before we go, you say that they're ginning up the base. if you can tell me, do you think it's a good idea for governor romney and president bush -- excuse me, president obama, at this point to go to those states where they're perhaps not in the lead? is that a good idea? good strategy? >> well, you know, you try to put some states in play. look, nobody is going to massachusetts. all right? nobody is going to new york. believe me, nobody is here in california. with you along the way -- but along the way, you want to stop at states where if you're not in the lead, maybe you can make it competitive. maybe you're within striking distance. you're not going to go to states that aren't in play at all. >> arthel: all right. always good to see you. you can read her syndicated column in newspapers across the country every wednesday and friday. we'll be back after this break. keep it right here on fox news.
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>> rick: governor romney's wife, ann e going emotional when talking with reporters. this was on board the campaign plane. she was asked about the final days of the race. take a listen. >> three more days. been long.
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>> what does that feel like after this experience? >> it's really humbling. very touching for me. very emotional. i hear the voices and the passion of the people that are out there and they are etched in my mind and my heart. i'm going to run into a few of them, we're crossing back some of the areas where i've been. there will be a few that reached out that i've spoken about that are going to run into today. it's been an extraordinary experience. >> rick: and she joins her husband in these final three days, the tour through several battleground states. you can imagine the emotions as this thing winds down. it's been quite a journey for them. >> arthel: it's great to see that they're being able to touch middle americans the way they are and hearing those stories that i'm sure the president
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hears on a daily basis as well. >> rick: absolutely. >> arthel: stick with fox news on election night. complete coverage begins here on fox news channel at 6:00 p.m. tuesday with bret baier and megyn kelly and you can catch shepard smith beginning at 7:00 p.m. eastern on the fox network. >> rick: and then because so many people watch election night coverage, convention coverage with another screen, like one of these or a smart phone, you can also join me on-line, foxnews.com, along with harris faulkner and jonathan hunt. we start at 8 p.m it's very interactive. we've got a live chat. love for to you join us. you can have input during our coverage election night. >> arthel: speaking of harris, she's up next. set your clocks back one hour. see you later. for the long haul. i see a world bursting with opportunities. india, china, brazil, ishares, small-caps, large-caps, ishares. industrials. low cost.
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